Madonna starts Malawi school

LILONGWE, Malawi - Madonna marked the start of construction of her school for girls in Malawi on Monday by planting a tree at the planned site of the $15 million school.

The 51-year-old celebrity arrived in the impoverished southern African country on Sunday accompanied by her four children - daughters Lourdes and Mercy, and sons Rocco and David.

Madonna adopted Mercy from Malawi earlier this year and adopted David from the country in 2008.

'If this school is a success - with God-willing it will be - we will replicate it not only in Malawi but in other parts of the world as well,' she said.

'Crash' director says he quit Scientology

NEW YORK - 'Crash' director Paul Haggis has severed his ties with the Church of Scientology in part because of the organization's stance against gay marriage.

Haggis wrote a letter addressed to Tommy Davis, the head of the Church of Scientology's Celebrity Centre. In it, Haggis said he was disappointed by the church's tacit denial of gay rights and its backing of California's gay marriage ban.

The 56-year-old Haggis, who won an Oscar in 2005 for co-writing 'Crash,' said he was quitting the church after 35 years.

Jackson back on 'Hospital'

LOS ANGELES - The 27-year-old actor who first played Luke and Laura Spencer's son Lucky on ABC's 'General Hospital' returns to the show Tuesday.

Jonathan Jackson will retake the role he started at age 11 and left a decade ago to pursue other acting jobs.

As a preteen and teenage Lucky Spencer, Jackson won three daytime Emmy awards.

Jackson's return as Lucky Spencer is a big deal for many 'General Hospital' fans. Some fans say they'll watch again because of Jackson's return.